I'm having the same problem, and searching google turned up the same solution (restore preferences with shift/option/cmd/control on startup) - but this hasn't resolved the problem for me.
Have tried opening old files, new files, same problem.
Even Indesign 6, which I also have installed, has the same problem..
I was having the same trouble, but just upgraded my (mac) OS to the latest (El Capitan) and InDesign has gone back to normal.
Hope yours is resolved soon!
are you on MAC OSX El Capitan?
Which exact version? Maybe it would help to update to OSX 10.11.2
This is not an advice from my personal experience, but it seems that it is recommended to use a Combo update instead the one from Apple's App Store.
See for example the following blog post on the "cocktail" site:
I'm not on El Capitan (yet).
In fact I'm currently using two partitions on my MacBook Pro, one with OSX 10.7.5 (InDesign CS 5.5 to CC 2014.2) and one with OSX 10.10.3 and CC 2015.
Nancyb, are you able to select anything at all? Does the new frame have a fill of None? If so are you clicking the edge of the frame?
Thanks for your reply, Peter. Before I updated to the latest version, I could use the arrow tool to select, say, a rectangle object by clicking anywhere in the object. Now, I must click on the actual line, which is not so convenient. What changed? I don't get it? And yes to the frame having a fill of none. Don't they usually? I also don't get why old docs behave the same as before the change, but new docs now seem to have these changes. The old docs are only about a week old.
Is there a way to set defaults for the fill and stroke? Since updating, many things changed, and not in a good way. Objects have a default stroke weight that I have to turn off each time; I have to manually change from essentials to advanced each time I open a document, etc. etc.
Hi Uwe. I am up-to-date on everything. Brand new iMac, El Capitan, CC latest updates. Wish I hadn't updated the CC ... it changed a lot of things and not in a good way.
I did try re-setting the defaults, which didn't seem to have any effect ...
I am able to select a rectangle object now, but only if I click on the line. Before the update, I could click anywhere in the object to select it.
To the best of my knowledge, frame selection has always worked this way: Frames with either a fill color or content (or both) can be selected by clicking anywhere in the frame. Frames with no fill or content can only be selected by clicking the frame edge.